• India’s MoD issues RFP to domestic companies for air defence systems

    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has issued a request for proposal (RFP) to seven Indian companies to supply the Indian Air Force (IAF) with a “new generation” close-in weapon system (CIWS) to augment the service’s air defence capabilities. Issued on 26 December under the

  • Police kill five suspected Islamic State militants in Pakistan's Karachi

    FIVE suspected Islamic State militants were killed in armed clashes with police officers during a counter-terrorism raid targeting a hideout in the Gharibabad area near Ayub Goth in Karachi in Pakistan's Sindh province on 30 December, Dawn reported. Reports added that one of the militants had prior

  • Russia to limit publication of company, procurement data

    The Russian government has passed a law granting the Cabinet the right to conceal information about commercial entities as well as individuals, in an apparent bid to head off the effect of fresh US sanctions that may target defence enterprises. The law was approved by Russia's lower house, the

  • Shoigu details Russian military expansion in the Arctic

    In a year-end message widely reported in state-controlled media, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu set out Russia’s upcoming military expansion in the Arctic. The minister flagged up that advanced systems would soon be delivered to remote bases. The new Tor-M2DT Arctic version of the

  • China initiates satellite project to enable ‘uninterrupted observations of South China Sea’

    China announced on 14 December the official start of a satellite constellation project in southern Hainan Province designed to enable “full uninterrupted observations of the South China Sea”, according to a report published on the China Military Online website. Referred to as the Hainan

  • Russia to acquire 10 minesweepers in new arms programme

    The Russian Federation Navy is planning to acquire 10 Alexandrit-class (Project 12700) minesweepers by 2027 and 30 by 2035, according to Deputy Chief of the Naval Shipbuilding Directorate Captain Mikhail Krasnopeyev. The timetable for the 10 minesweepers coincides with Russia’s impending

  • US, South Korea to suspend joint military exercises during Winter Olympics

    Joint South Korean-US military exercises will be suspended throughout the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics and Paralympic Games, which begin 9 February and end 18 March, according to officials in Seoul and Washington. “We worked with [the South Koreans] on it and [the exercises] will start

  • Russian defence minister summarises modernisation progress in 2017

    Key Points Shoigu has summarised Russia 's military modernisation progress over the past year The State Defence Order for 2017 has been accomplished “almost to the full extent”, the minister claimed Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu summarised the Russian armed forces’ progress

  • India successfully tests Ashvin interceptor

    India has conducted a successful test of the Ashvin/Advanced Air Defence (AAD) missile interceptor, according to a joint statement released by India’s Ministry of Defence and Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). The Ashvin interceptor was launched on 28 December 2017, from

  • Airport petrol bomb plot almost certainly isolated incident, does not indicate risk to Vietnamese airports, transport infrastructure

    Event On 27 December 2017, a court in Ho Chi Minh City sentenced 15 Vietnamese to prison terms ranging from three years to 16 years for “terrorism to oppose the people’s administration”. According to Radio Free Asia and Reuters, the group intended to remotely detonate two

  • China’s AG600 amphibious aircraft makes maiden flight

    China’s indigenously built AG600 amphibian has made its maiden flight. The four-turboprop aircraft took off on 24 December 2017 from Jinwan Airport in Zhuhai, near Macau, and flew for about an hour, according to Chinese state media. First rolled out by manufacturer Aviation Industry

  • HAL’s reliance on Tejas set to expand as major programmes move towards completion

    India’s state-owned aerospace manufacturer Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is close to completing several major production projects for the Indian armed forces, underscoring the future importance of its Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) programme to the company. Citing a parliamentary

  • India defers strategic sale of BEML

    The Indian government has postponed its planned sale of a 26% stake in state-owned defence company BEML, formerly known as Bharat Earth Movers Limited. A parliamentary reply by Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamrein on 3 January, which was published by the government’s Press

  • Philippine Navy to receive first ASW helicopter, Spike ER missiles in 2018

    Key Points The Philippine Navy will soon be equipped with the Spike ER anti-ship missile system, and its first ASW helicopter Deliveries will significantly bolster the service’s anti-submarine and anti-surface capabilities The Philippine Navy (PN) will receive the first of two AW159

  • Rafael confirms cancellation of Indian Spike deal

    Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems has confirmed India’s termination of a USD1 billion deal to procure Spike anti-tank guided weapon (ATGW) systems, although a joint venture (JV) established to produce subassemblies for the product will continue operations. A spokesman for Rafael

  • TTP militants wound at least 12 people in Pakistan's Balochistan

    AT LEAST 12 people, including five security forces personnel, were wounded by two Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militants who opened fire at a security checkpoint in the Baleli area of Quetta in Pakistan's Balochistan province on 2 January, XinhuaNet reported. Reports added the attackers were shot

  • Unidentified militants destroy gas pipeline in Pakistan's Balochistan

    UNIDENTIFIED militants destroyed a section of a gas pipeline - running from Bakhtyar Abad to Showran - using unspecified explosives near the Jalal area of Bolan district in Pakistan's Balochistan province on 28 December, The Nation reported. No casualties were reported and no group immediately

  • Unidentified militants kill one US soldier in Afghanistan's Nangarhar

    ONE United States soldier was killed and four others were wounded during armed clashes with unidentified militants in the Achin area in Nangarhar province on 1 January, Khaama Press reported. Reports did not specify how the clashes broke out. Although there was no immediate claim of responsibility

  • Bars-8 mortar carrier undertakes acceptance trials

    A Ukraine Mobile Mortar Complex (MMC) system is undergoing acceptance trials in Ukraine, Jane’s understands. The MMC consists of an Alakran Light Mortar System (LMS) integrated into the rear of a Bars-8 (4x4) armoured vehicle. The Alakran has been developed by the Aerospace and Defense

  • China’s Wing Loong II UAV test-fires five different missiles in single sortie, says report

    China’s newly developed Wing Loong II strike-capable reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) hit five targets in succession using five different types of missiles as part of a recent live-firing test, the state-owned Xinhua news agency reported on 31 December 2017. Citing a statement by